Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma

Introduction

The Clinical Science course is ideal for new learners and those who want to expand their knowledge about science and health. It will examine the various organs and systems in the human body and provide clinical understanding and skills of how to assess and measure the various biological tests and ways to study the body.

The first five modules are related to body systems, and will include details of common conditions and treatments relative to its function and anatomy.

The following modules are devoted to specific elements of clinical practice, and will also refer back to body systems to form an integrated and holistic approach. There will be activities within some of the modules for revision and clarification purposes – these activities will be formative. A glossary will be included in the majority of modules to act as a useful reference.

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Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above to enrol onto our Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma courses.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit.

Assessment

Optional coursework and final examination.

Enrolment

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.

Course Length

1 Year.

Awarding Body

ABC Awards

Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma Course Content

Part one

Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma Module 1: Cardiovascular and circulatory systems

One of the key organs in the body that transports food and oxygen, removes wastes, maintains and regulates the internal environment via Homeostasis is the cardiovascular and circulatory system. A detailed look at the anatomy and physiology of this system, the heart and blood, is carried out and additionally, examples of common conditions and disorders such as; cardiovascular disease, leukaemia, anaemia, and other relevant conditions are given. The module will contain detailed images and diagrams to aid learning.

Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma Module 2: Respiratory system

This module looks at the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system and how humans respire – the mechanism about the way we breathe and exchange gases from the nose and mouth to the lungs, to be transported by the blood to every part of the body. Examples of common conditions and disorders such as carcinoma, tuberculosis, pleurisy, asthma, smoking and other relevant conditions, including detailed diagrams, comprehensive symptom description and treatment indications will be described in detail.

Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma Module 3: Nervous and musculoskeletal systems

Something simple like blinking our eyes when we are awake or walking from bed as we get up require a complex set of movement and instruction from our brain and the Central Nervous system, CNS. This third module looks at the anatomy and physiology of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, how our body is held up and protected and also how messages are passed around the nerves and synapses in the human body. First how bones are made and form a complex skeleton attached to various muscle groups using tendons and ligaments is studied. The more common conditions and disorders such as breaks and traumas, tumours, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, osteoporosis, and other relevant conditions, and possible treatment is investigated in depth.

Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma Module 4: Gastrointestinal and endocrine systems

This section gives students the opportunity to explore the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems through detailed diagrams and comprehensive descriptions to explain what happens to the food we ingest, digestion and the waste that results. The role of enzymes and hormones is discussed, as well as examples of common conditions and disorders such as carcinoma, absorption, gastric ulceration, diabetes, Cirrhosis and glandular problems, and other relevant conditions with treatment their indications.

Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma Module 5: Skin, reproductive and urinary systems, and special senses

This module looks at the anatomy and physiology of the skin, genetic reproductive and urinary systems. Detailed look at hair and nails, as well as the role of the skin as a protective and sense organ is carried out. How humans reproduce and have adapted to their environment follows, with a general look at the Kidney in filtration and production of urine. In addition examples of common conditions and disorders such as carcinoma, eczema, psoriasis, infertility, endometriosis, prostate problems, kidney disorders, and other relevant conditions are studied.

Part two

Within the second part of this course there is a significant amount of chemistry and biochemistry used to explain the detailed reactions that help the body function from respiration to detailed processes at the cellular level. This section links closely to the previous learning in part 1 of the course. Glossaries will be given with each topic so that students have a useful and accessible resource.

Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma Module 6: Clinical pathology

In this module the focus is on the normal pathology or what makes the body ill or sick, which disease are the cause and how can it be attacked. Our body can be resilient; we can build resistance and immunity so how this is possible is investigated through microbiology. Detailed cellular composition, how our cells regenerate, where the energy comes from and how pathogens impact the body at its basic level is explored with particular emphasis on common diseases as well as recent epidemics such as with the Ebola and HIV-Aids virus.

Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma Module 7: Clinical pharmacology

A key to fighting pathogens was through the development of chemicals to counter-attack them. Initially humans used plants and commonly found substances like salt and spices. The classification and grouping of drugs, and how drugs work and are administered is explored. Drug addiction and the processes behind this are also considered. Specific examples of drugs will be given, together with the correlating diseases they are used to treat; for example students will look at antibiotics, analgesics, chemotherapy and, e.g. the use of beta-blockers in treating hypertension and heart disease.

Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma Module 8: Clinical immunology and epidemiology

The immune system is a collection of cells and chemicals that protect the body against harmful micro-organism. The basic structure and function of immunology, what it means in terms of disease, and prevention such as vaccination and inoculation, and also when we are immune-deficient is studied in depth. The way in which vaccines are made, the history of their development and how immunology is linked to epidemiology and predicting disease in the population will be covered.

Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma Module 9: Nutrition and psychology

Nutrition is an important part of health, growth and wellbeing as it maintains and is maintained by homeostasis. We look at different food groups, the body’s requirements and the way in which food is used by the body to provide energy that runs the body systems, and to keep us well. Eating disorders, malnutrition and the psychological aspects of diet, exercise, relaxation, health and disease are explored.

Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma Module 10: Clinical examination and diagnostic procedures

Skills are needed in effectively examining and treating a patient. A balance of professionalism is required alongside empathy and good communication. Knowledge of the systematic examination, both specifically and generally are addressed. This final module looks at some of the diagnostic procedures such as X-ray, blood tests, MRI scanning, ECG, and other significant and commonly used tests. Within this topic, specific examples where these tests are used such as for screening purposes are looked at. Some information is given in detail whilst other topics are covered briefly and can be researched further depending on interest and needs of the learner.

Progression

This Level 3 Clinical Science Diploma course can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    The course was interesting and covered a wide range of topics, and I enjoyed doing the SAPs.
    I have really enjoyed the learning experience. The response to the SAPs were timely and encouraging.

    Thank-you,

    Michelle

  2. 5 out of 5

    it was a pleasure to study the clinical science course…|I|t was hard and i had to prepare seriously to hold the exam…I am very happy i graduate.

  3. 5 out of 5

    I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I found it intense and challenging and a positve way of testing my previous knowlege.
    As the course was first released in 2007, it would be useful to update it as science has changed since 2007.
    Also more chemistry modules could be included so the course is more recognised by HE institutions.